The Dartmouth Steam Railway
The Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton runs for seven miles in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear. Goodrington has its own station just a short stroll through the park from our Guesthouse. The scenery is superb, with seascapes right across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill on clear days. Approaching Kingswear is the beautiful River Dart, with its fascinating craft, and on the far side, the olde worlde town of Dartmouth and the famous Britannia Royal Naval College, Butterwalk, Bayard’s Cove and Dartmouth Castle. Enjoy a trip on the Kingswear Castle, the Historic Paddle Steamer, the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today. This is a perfect day out for all the family.
Agatha Christie described Greenway as “the loveliest place in the world”. It was here that she had her holiday home, on the banks of the River Dart. With a long history, the house still retains features added by all generations of occupying families. Now managed by the National Trust, the property offers visitors an extraordinary glimpse into the private life of the Queen of Crime and her family. Greenway is a magical place to explore, with its rich historical interior and the wildness and mystery of its garden.
Idyllically placed on the beach at Goodrington Sands, just a short walk through the park from our Guesthouse. The UK's biggest outdoor waterpark, is a great day out for all. From sun lovers to thrill seekers, brilliantly combining 8 adrenalin-pumping flume rides and some of the English Riviera's most spectacular views. Experience the heart-stopping plummet that is Devil's Drop, the sheer speed of the Screamer, the wild Kamikaze and terrifically tumbling tyre and mat rides. Want to relax? take a dip in the pool or chill on a sun bed whilst younger children can enjoy a good splash about in Submarine Splash and Tiddler's Fun Pool.
One of Britain's top Zoos and only a 5 minute drive away. Home to some of the planets rarest and most amazing creatures and hundreds of rare, special and beautiful plants. Paignton Zoo is a registered charity so not only do you get a good day out, you know your money is going to a good cause, supporting education, scientific research and practical conservation both at home and abroad. Paignton Zoo has plenty to keep everyone going all day - as well as the amazing wildlife there's food, shopping, a free bird show and the hands on interactive Discovery Centre.
Torquay Centre - 2.93 miles
Known as ‘Queen of the Riviera’in Victorian times Torquay possesses some of the best of the English weather and most sought after beaches. Stroll along the palm lined promenade watching the rows of graceful Victorian terraces and white villas pass you by or just lay by the almost tropical beaches as the sea gently rolls in. Enjoy an entertaining nightlife presenting theatres, pubs, night clubs and quality Continental foods from all around the world. Weather you’re looking for Cantonese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Spanish or even specialist seafood bistros and traditional cuisine tempt your taste buds in the English Riviera.
Torquay United Football Club - 3.79 miles
In May 1985, just six days after the Bradford Stadium fire, a third of the old grandstand was destroyed during an early morning blaze. Nobody was hurt, but as a result, the ground’s capacity fell to below 5,000. In the few years after the fire the ground saw little change. During the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Plainmoor has finally seen some major changes. The old Mini Stand made way for the all-seating Family Stand, which also houses offices, the boardroom and the club shop, as well as the pub and restaurant Boots and Laces, and the 200 Club bar.
Berry Pomeroy Castle - Devon - 4.08 miles
This romantic ruined castle is situated in a picturesque Devon valley and steeped in local folklore and legend. The gatehouse and defensive curtain wall date from the late 15th century and behind them are the remains of an Elizabethan country house built C.1560-1600 by the Seymour family. Edward Seymour, first Duke of Somerset –also known as the uncle and governor of the boy-king, Edward VI –acquired the castle in 1547. On the wall of the gatehouse chamber is a 15th-century painting of the three kings bearing gifts to Christ. A fascinating audio tour is also available.
Dartmouth Castle - Devon - 5.96 miles
This brilliantly positioned defensive castle juts out into the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary, with the sea lapping at its foot. Begun in the late 14th century, the castle was intended to protect the warehouses and homes of Dartmouth’s merchants. It was one of the earliest castles built with the prospect of artillery attack in mind. It is said that Chaucer based The Shipman character in his Canterbury Tales on the colourful John Hawley –the merchant and mayor of Dartmouth who built the first castle on this site. Today, you can enjoy other tales of the castle as you journey through time from the Tudor period and the Civil War to World War II. Displays on the castle’s 600-year history add to the experience.